Career and Technical Education students from all over the state, including students from Putnam Career & Technical Center (PCTC), competed virtually at the WV State SkillsUSA Conference held on March 26 and 27, 2021.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry professionals working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization provides educational programs, events, and competitions that support Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the classroom.
Students competed in skill competitions such as Automotive Technology, Electrical Construction Wiring, Carpentry, Plumbing, Health Occupations, Graphic Design, Collision Repair, and Culinary, just to name a few. The conference offers several leadership contests, for example, Job Interview, Job Skills Demonstration, Prepared and Extemporaneous Speaking, Promotional Bulletin Board, Pin Design, T-Shirt Design as well as several others.
PCTC made their presence known at the state conference with 29 of 31 participating students earning medals in their respective competitions. Twenty-two of those students brought home a gold medal, two were awarded silver and five received bronze honors.
All state gold medal recipients are eligible to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The SkillsUSA NLSC conference will also be held virtually throughout the month of June, with the awards ceremony scheduled for June 24, 2021. PCTC’s gold medalists will compete against students from all 50 states, as well as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Competing at the national level is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many CTE students and affords them the chance to win scholarships and prizes from the leading schools and industries in the nation.
Congratulations to PCTC medalists from the SkillsUSA State Conference!